George Ayers Cress (Alabama/Tennessee, 1921-2008) expressionist watercolor on paper view of Rabun Cove, Georgia, depicting a landscape with trees, rolling fields, fore and middle ground, and a mountain range, background rendered in shades of blue, green, yellow, purple, and red. Signed and dated "George Cress 1993" lower right. Titled and dated 1993 en verso. Housed and matted under glass in a silver gilt wood frame. Sight – 11 5/8" H x 18 1/8" W. Framed – 18 3/4" H x 25 1/4" W. Late 20th century. Biography (courtesy Tennessee Historical Quarterly Vol. XLIV No. 2: "Landscape and Genre Painting in Tennessee 1810-1985"): George Cress was born in Anniston, Alabama and studied at Emory University, American University, and the University of Georgia, where he studied under fellow Southern contemporary artist Lamar Dodd. He was a central figure in Chattanooga's arts community and served as President of the Tennessee Arts Council and sat on the board of the Hunter Museum of Art. From 1951-1984 he was painter in residence at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga; the Cress Gallery of Art at UTC is named in his honor. Provenance: The collection of Dr. William Kendall Striker, Chattanooga, TN. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with slight waviness to paper. Not examined outside of frame.
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